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National Railway Museum

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Address: Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ, England
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+44 844 815 3139
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10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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For a fantastic day out for the whole family in York, visit the award...

For a fantastic day out for the whole family in York, visit the award winning National Railway Museum. Get up close to over 300 years of fascinating history in York's only National Museum. Explore our giant halls full of trains and railway legends including the majestic Duchess of Hamilton, step on to the futuristic Japanese Bullet Train or marvel at the stunning opulence of the Royal Trains. Get on board awe-inspiring locomotives, watch our engineers at work in the Workshop, uncover hidden treasures in the Warehouse and make tracks to the outdoor area. The children can let off steam in our outdoor play area, and our miniature railway ride is perfect for the whole family. Every weekend and throughout the school holidays, the kids can enjoy a lively programme of events, including science shows, story telling, steam rides, craft activities and special events. Please note that calls to our listed phone number (0844...) cost 4.25p per minute plus your phone company's access charge.

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Super couple of hours

Great place to visit for a couple of hours. Me and my partner came here first on our itinerary of things to do I york. My partner had been here before and took me for our trip... read more

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great place to visit for a couple of hours. Me and my partner came here first on our itinerary of things to do I york. My partner had been here before and took me for our trip. Would highly recommend for something to do in York.

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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was very disappointing for us, considering it rides so high on TripAdvisor. We felt there was a real lack of things to see and do for adults. We are a couple in our mid-20s and, without kids in tow, felt we didn't get the best out of the experience. Some of the trains are magnificent, and the Steam Train... More 

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Thank jdr1993
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Educational day out for the whole family, with may different trains on display. The younger member of the family found hours of endless (and free!) fun, running around, through, over and under all the trains. With a brilliant coffee shop found just outside (the Duchess York) for the elder members of the party, and an coffee shop inside. If you... More 

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Thank RColson22
Manchester, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Been here quite a few times and always something to see. Not as interesting as when the A4's were there but worth a trip and all for a donation of your choice. The Flying Scotsman was in the repair shed - I hope it wont miss next months outing - and so was the Sir Nigel Gresley although you wouldn't... More 

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Thank Will D
United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you don't want to be paying so much to visit places, I would definitely recommend this museum as it is free and great to take family and kids with you too. They have mini activities for kids to join in. Some of the trains you get to see what they look like in the past and future etc, really... More 

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Thank Itsmekirsty
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We parked at the Rawcliffe Bar park and ride and paid £2.80 per adult (5 year old free) to ride on a bus which dropped us off right outside the front door of the railway museum. Entrance was free and no hassle at all, with friendly reception staff. The exhibits were very interesting and our 5 year old son found... More 

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Thank Trevor E
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The National Railway Museum is a treasure. If you like trains, you will absolutely be in heaven. Even if you don't, you will be able to find something to enjoy - perhaps a beautiful tea in the Countess of York, watching restoration work in the Workshop, or looking at the amazing collection of, well, stuff that they have in the... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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289 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I am a sucker for any type of museum at least once and some many times. The grandchildren and our son and daughter have been brought up and my railway stories. Seeing the flying Scotsman at 7yrs old early in the morning with dad. My Children love the film and book the Railway children. In this museum we are all... More 

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Thank Paul H
United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You could easily spend all day here if you are a railway fan. I like to look around at the steam engines for an hour or so but my husband could spend all day here. It is free but they do ask you to make a donation.

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Thank sheils6
Cheshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Popped along as this is ranked as number 1 attraction in York, it's free to get in but the museum asks for donations for its upkeep. The old and royal carriages were particularly interesting to see inside, some of them were furnished better than most houses! The other main hall has a number of large engines, old and new, and... More 

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